[Ads-l] cuss word euphemisms

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Thu Dec 1 14:31:09 EST 2016


My mother's favorite euphemisms included "for crying in the sink" and 
"sugar foot". (I didn't figure out that last one until I was well into 
middle age.)

Jim Parish

On 12/1/2016 1:20 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC 
(US) wrote:
> A story on NPR yesterday talked about how single mom college students would moderate their language around kids, using a couple of euphemisms that were new to me.
>
> " "I still sometimes have my mommy voice on," she says. "I don't even swear anymore. I'll say like, 'Sugar honey ice tea!' or, like, 'Shut the front door!' ""
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> That last one is presumably for "Shut the f--- up".
>
> http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/18/502003007/when-the-students-on-campus-have-kids-of-their-own
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